Taipei--Four more poultry farms were added on Monday to the official list of those confirmed as having been infected with the avian flu virus, including one in Kaohsiung and one in Pingtung County.
The latest development increases to eight the number of cities and counties in Taiwan that have fallen victim to bird flu since the beginning of the year, according to data released by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture as of 6 p.m. on Monday.
The four newly confirmed cases include one duck farm each in Changhua County, Yilan County, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County, the data shows.
The infections in Changhua and Yilan were identified as being caused by the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus, while the cases in Kaohsiung and Pingtung were confirmed as the H5N8 virus, the bureau said, noting that no further incidences of the more virulent H5N6 virus were reported during the day.
As of Monday, a total of 53 poultry farms around Taiwan have been confirmed infected with the avian flu virus. Three different highly pathogenic viruses have been detected at the farms, including H5N8, H5N2 and H5N6, according to the data.
The infected farms are located in Yunlin County (30 farms), Chiayi County (7), Tainan (5), Hualien County (4), Yilan County (3), Changhua County (2), Kaohsiung (1), and Pingtung County (1).
A total of 411,512 birds have been culled, government data indicates.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel